The Green Bay Packers had an opportunity to make a splash on Thursday night during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
But instead, they blew it.
The Packers selected Georgia linebacker Quay Walker with the No. 22 overall pick. Walker is a good player, but this was probably a bit of a reach.
Here’s the NFL.com scouting report on Walker:
Walker had to wait his turn at Georgia, but he has become a well-schooled, instinctive linebacker ready for the NFL game. He has good size and clear eyes from the second level, with a talent for recognizing play design. He plays disciplined, team-oriented football but is unlikely to become a top-level playmaker as a pro. His chase speed and body control are just average when ranging to tackle or covering in space. Walker is dependable and consistent and projects as a good backup with eventual starter potential at inside linebacker.
Walker is probably a second-round talent. But that’s not my main issue with this pick.
After watching the Philadelphia Eagles make a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans for wide receiver AJ Brown on Thursday night, how could the Packers not make a move for either Deebo Samuel or DK Metcalf?
The Titans spent the last few weeks telling anyone who would listen that Brown wasn’t going to be traded.
And then he was traded. In other words, it doesn’t matter what teams say. Whatever a wide receiver wants is what’s going to happen.
Green Bay had the draft capital (two first-round picks) to make a move for a transcendent wide receiver. Instead, they went with a linebacker that they probably could’ve got later in the draft. It makes no sense.
The Packers blew it on Thursday night. They could’ve solidified themselves as the favorites in the NFC by giving Aaron Rodgers an elite weapon.
I don’t blame Green Bay fans if they’re fuming after watching other teams make blockbuster moves while the Packers play it safe.
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